Technical Jury Africa Mediterranean

An exceptional jury, for an exceptional competition… Lesaffre is proud to present, under the benevolent eye of jury president Pierre ZIMMERMANN, the personalities who will make up this first jury.


Solveig TOFTE (USA)


Solveig is a dynamic young woman with a real zeal for her baking career in the United States. Having been a candidate herself in the 2008 Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie and having served as a jury member at SIRHA in Lyon during the Louis Lesaffre Cup in 2011, she knows this competition cycle well. Her work with the Bread Bakers Guild of America, her amazing results during the competitions and her desire to go ever further, have now enabled her to open her own bakery-café and to teach across the entire country.  






François is also a regular at Louis Lesaffre Cup competitions. A second-generation baker-pâtissier, he currently runs, with his wife, a company employing 75 staff across 5 shops (with tearoom). This is a man passionate about his profession, he also keen to experience other cultures and is constantly searching for new experiences overseas (he speaks 5 languages). He is also the President of the Richemont Club in Switzerland… He is soon to take up a teaching post in Japan, and is always on the lookout for new areas in his field. This occasion to be a Louis Lesaffre Cup jury member will be a chance for him to discover and enjoy fresh experiences...





A baker for 40 years, Richard has forged a career path in a number of countries throughout Asia, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and China… He now works as Technical Production Director for Davidson International Co. Ltd in Hunan; a role that sees him closely monitoring current bakery trends. Just like the candidates that he is coming to judge in Turkey, he has himself participated in competitions when he was starting out… so you might say this is full circle for him!